Friday, 17 January 2020

Grateful for days like these

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Lac de Vassiviere - Royere de Vassiviere
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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Exploring the Rigole and Rocher du Diable - Royere de Vassiviere

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Exploring the Rigole and Rocher du Diable - Royere de Vassiviere 
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Exploring the Rigole and Rocher du Diable - Royere de Vassiviere 

Exploring the Rigole and Rocher du Diable - Royere de Vassiviere 

We've just been exploring the legendary Rigole and Rocher du Diable, just outside our local town of Royere de Vassiviere. There are several stunning walking routes to choose from to explore this mystical granite landscape. 

It's always a pleasure to share our favourite walks with our retreat guests here at De Tout Coeur Limousin. We hope you can join us in 2020 and experience the beautiful Limousin for yourselves. 





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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Harira and isot pepper spiced bean and courgette stew

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Harira and isot pepper spiced bean and courgette stew 


My recipe for harira and isot pepper spiced bean and courgette stew is a winter warming vegetarian and vegan dish. Packed full of beans, fresh courgette (the last from the vegetable garden), immune boosting garlic, chilli and spices. 

I love spice and chillies, and am always looking for different ones to try in my cooking. I bought these isot pepper/urfa biber chilli flakes and harira spice mix from a local Turkish/world food grocery shop, and couldn't wait to try them in my recipes. The isot pepper flakes are purple-black in colour, and have a rich, sweet, spicy and smoky flavour. A delicious addition to wintery stews and curries. 

There are numerous harira spice mixes available, or you can blend your own. The one I used contained ground turmeric, fenugreek, cumin, caraway, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and nutmeg. The spice mix is usually used in harira soup - a traditional Moroccan dish, which is often eaten to break the fast during Ramadan. 

Happy cooking and bon appetit! 



ingredients: 
3-4 medium sized courgettes 
2 x 400g tin black beans
1 x 400g tin borlotti beans
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 large onions finely chopped 
4-5 garlic cloves crushed
2 teaspoons harira spice mix 
2 tsp urfa biber/isot pepper flakes
zest of 1 lemon 
salt
1 tbsp oil 

to garnish:
1 small bunch of parsley/coriander chopped
lemon zest 


method: 

wash and grate the courgettes. Drain them in a sieve for about 30 minutes to remove the excess liquid. 

heat the oil in a large pan then add the chopped onions. Fry until the onions are soft and caramelised. 

add the crushed garlic, lemon zest, harira spice and pepper flakes and fry for a few more minutes.

stir in the courgettes, beans and tinned tomatoes, salt to taste and about 200 ml water, then simmer on a low heat for 30 minutes or until the sauce is reduced and thickened. 

stir in the chopped fresh parsley/coriander, grate over some lemon zest and serve with thick natural yogurt, flatbreads, rice or baked potatoes. 


cooking tips: 

You can find harira spice mix and isot pepper flakes online or in world food supermarkets. 

You can make your own harira spice mix by combining 1/4 tsp each of ground turmeric, fenugreek, cumin, caraway, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and nutmeg. 

If you do not have isot pepper flakes use your own choice of dried chilli flake. 

This recipe would make a great thick soup too - just add 1 litre of water/stock, instead of the 200 ml. 

Use any beans or pulses you would like for this recipe - chickpeas, lentils and beans would all work well. Just follow packet instructions for soaking/cooking if using dried. 




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Monday, 11 November 2019

Aubergine, coconut and peanut curry

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In the retreat kitchen at De Tout Coeur Limousin - Aubergine, coconut and peanut curry 

A delicious winter warming recipe for my aubergine coconut and peanut curry in the retreat kitchen today. A rich coconut, peanut and tomato sauce, fragrant with (so) much garlic, and simply spiced with cumin, turmeric and fresh green chilli. This is food to make you smile, whatever the weather. 
This recipe makes enough for 4-6 people, but it's easy to double up and then have enough to freeze for another day. Happy cooking. 

Aubergine, coconut and peanut curry 

ingredients: 


3 large aubergines 
150g desiccated coconut 
75g peanuts (roughly chopped, or give a quick whizz in a food processor) 
1 head of garlic (separate, peel and crush the cloves)
1 large onion chopped 
1 green finger chilli finely chopped
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp oil 
salt and pepper to taste
water
extra desiccated coconut, chilli and chopped fresh coriander/mint to garnish


method: 


wash then prick the aubergines several times all over with a sharp knife. Microwave, covered in a suitable container for 10-15 minutes or until soft. Remove and allow to cool slightly before roughly chopping into large bite size pieces. Leave to one side. 
heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan then add the onion and fry until softened and caramelised. Add the crushed garlic followed by the chilli, cumin, and turmeric and fry for a few minutes until fragrant. 
add the desiccated coconut and peanuts, followed by the cooked and chopped aubergine. Mix everything together well then add the tinned tomatoes and just enough water to cover and simmer on a low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and reduced. 
check the seasoning, garnish with the chopped coriander and mint then serve the aubergine, coconut and peanut curry with rice or flat breads.  Bon appetit! 

Cooking tips: 

You can also steam the aubergine on the hob in a steamer/saucepan if you do not have a microwave. 

Why not serve with some of my homemade chutneys? 






inspired and adapted from this recipe by Meera Sodha

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